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It's Getting Later All the Time

(2006)
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From Italy, an epistolary novel like no other, full of Tabucchi's special "enchantment, which trans-figures even as it captivates" (TLS).

In It's Getting Later All the Time, an epistolary novel with a twist, Antonio Tabucchi - "internationally acclaimed as the most original voice in the new generation of Italian writers" (The Harvard Book Review) - revitalizes an illustrious tradition, only to break all its rules. Seventeen men write seventeen strangely beautiful letters - tender or rancorous - lonely monologues which move in circles, each describing an affair, and each desperate for a reply which may never come. The letters plunge the reader into an electric, timeless no-man's-land of "this past that is always somewhere, hanging in shreds." And at last, collecting all their one-sided, remorseful adventures into a single polyphonic novel, an 18th letter startlingly answers the men's pleas: a woman's voice, distant, implacable, yet full of sympathy. It's Getting Later All the Time captures destinies which, though so varied in appearance, are at rock bottom all the same: broken. This is an anti-Proustian novel - time lost is lost forever: it is impossible to get back to the past no matter how it haunts the present. As Tabucchi remarked, "Broken time is a dimension you find lots of men living in...an ambiguous, impossible situation, because they are faced with a kind of remorse, a choice they never made."

Genre: Fantasy

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Title: It's Getting Later All the Time (New Directions Paperbook)
Author(s): Alastair McEwen
ISBN: 0-8112-1546-6 / 978-0-8112-1546-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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